I know, I’ve been gone a long time, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m still here – just going through a lot of life transitions at the moment. But that aside, I’m proud and honored to present my first reader-submitted Naturalista feature! Please meet the fabulous Kerdisha!
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about three years now.
Did you “big chop” or transition?
I transitioned for about six months.
What inspired you to begin your natural/healthy hair journey?
Going natural was something I decided to do in college. I was all about discovering myself and loving myself for who I am so embracing my natural hair felt right at that time.
What challenges did you face in your healthy/natural hair journey?
Not finding what works for my hair in terms of products and routines. Now thankfully I’ve got it all down to a science.
What was the most memorable part of your natural/healthy hair journey?
The most memorable part of my journey was when my boyfriend (who was skeptical at first) randomly started playing in my hair and stated (I like it this way). That was when I truly felt like I made the right choice.
How did people react to your decision to go natural? Did you receive support?
My mom and sister were already natural so it wasn’t really a big deal. My friends supported me from the start.
What is your go-to hairstyle?
I love updos.
Which products can you not live without and what is your current hair regimen?
Giovanni Direct Leave-In and Deeper Moisture Conditioner and shea butter.
My hair regimen is pretty simple. Every two weeks or so I detangle my hair with a cheap shampoo and plain old water, put it in large loose two strand twists and cleanse my scalp. I do this with diluted sulfate free shampoo then I will rinse everything out and do a deep condition for an hour with either hair mayonnaise or Giovanni Direct Deeper Moisture Conditioner depending on what I think my hair needs.
After a brief session in an old tee-shirt to absorb most of the water ill moisturize with Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, add a light oil, such as sweet almond oil or Jaydee’s Naturals Whipped Shea Butter from my friend Jodie.
After this, I let my hair dry in braids to stretch it out and proceed to style for the week after it has dried to about 95%. I will moisturize during the week with my mix of Giovanni Direct, water and aloe vera juice and seal with either an oil or whipped shea butter. At night i always try to go to bed in my satin bonnet.
Tell us something unique about yourself (e.g., you write a blog, interesting projects, etc):
I do have a blog its www.thekschronicles.wordpress.com where I write about hair, makeup, DIYs, and more.
Any words of inspiration?
It does get easier. Have patience and a good routine and your hair will flourish.
Where can people find you for more information?
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